Feel v. t. [imp. & p. p. Felt p. pr. & vb. n. Feeling.]
1. To perceive by the touch; to take cognizance of by means of the nerves of sensation distributed all over the body, especially by those of the skin; to have sensation excited by contact of (a thing) with the body or limbs.
Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel. --Creecn.
2. To touch; to handle; to examine by touching; as, feel this piece of silk; hence, to make trial of; to test; often with out.
Come near, . . . that I may feel thee, my son. --Gen. xxvii. 21.
He hath this to feel my affection to your honor. --Shak.
3. To perceive by the mind; to have a sense of; to experience; to be affected by; to be sensible of, or sensitive to; as, to feel pleasure; to feel pain.
Teach me to feel another's woe. --Pope.
Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing. --Eccl. viii. 5.
He best can paint them who shall feel them most. --Pope.
Mankind have felt their strength and made it felt. --Byron.
4. To take internal cognizance of; to be conscious of; to have an inward persuasion of.
For then, and not till then, he felt himself. --Shak.
5. To perceive; to observe. [Obs.]
To feel the helm Naut., to obey it.
Felt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Felted; p. pr. & vb. n. Felting.]
1. To make into felt, or a feltike substance; to cause to adhere and mat together.
2. To cover with, or as with, felt; as, to felt the cylinder of a steam engine.
Felt imp. & p. p. ∨ a. from Feel.
1. A cloth or stuff made of matted fibers of wool, or wool and fur, fulled or wrought into a compact substance by rolling and pressure, with lees or size, without spinning or weaving.
It were a delicate stratagem to shoe
A troop of horse with felt. --Shak.
2. A hat made of felt.
3. A skin or hide; a fell; a pelt. [Obs.]
To know whether sheep are sound or not, see that the felt be loose. --Mortimer.
Felt grain, the grain of timber which is transverse to the annular rings or plates; the direction of the medullary rays in oak and some other timber.
n 1: an intuitive awareness; "he has a feel for animals" or "it's
easy when you get the feel of it";
2: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the
effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city
excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the
meeting"; "it had the smell of treason" [syn: spirit, tone,
feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell]
3: a property perceived by touch [syn: tactile property]
4: manual-genital stimulation for sexual pleasure; "the girls
hated it when he tried to sneak a feel"
v 1: undergo an emotional sensation; "She felt resentful"; "He
felt regret" [syn: experience]
2: come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or
indefinite grounds; "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I
find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather
entertaining" [syn: find]
3: perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin
or muscles; "He felt the wind"; "She felt an object
brushing her arm"; "He felt his flesh crawl"; "She felt
the heat when she got out of the car" [syn: sense]
4: seem with respect to a given sensation given; "My cold is
gone--I feel fine today"; "She felt tired after the long
5: have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to
someone's behavior or attitude; "She felt small and
insignificant"; "You make me feel naked"; "I made the
students feel different about themselves"
6: undergo passive experience of:"We felt the effects of
inflation"; "her fingers felt their way through the string
quartet"; "she felt his contempt of her"
7: be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels
shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
8: grope or feel in search of something; "He felt for his
9: examine by touch; "Feel this soft cloth!"; "The customer
fingered the sweater" [syn: finger]
10: examine (a body part) by palpation; "The nurse palpated the
patient's stomach"; "The runner felt her pulse" [syn: palpate]
11: find by testing or cautious exploration; "He felt his way
around the dark room"
12: produce a certain impression; "It feels nice to be home
13: pass one's hands over the sexual organs of; "He felt the
girl in the movie theater"
n : a fabric made of compressed matted animal fibers
v 1: mat together and make felt-like; "felt the wool"
2: cover with felt; "felt a cap"
3: change texture so as to become matted and felt-like; "The
fabric felted up after several washes" [syn: felt up, mat
up, matt-up, matte up, matte, mat]